Watch Repair and Jewelry Maintenance Terms Explained

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In today’s post, we’re going to continue on with our discussion on the different repair types offered, focusing on our watch repair and other repair categories.

  • Battery replacement – changing a dead battery in a watch by removing the old one and putting in a new, working battery
  • Pressure test – testing a waterproof watch to determine the water resistance depth
  • Clean and overhaul – a process in which the entire watch is taken apart so both the inside and outside can be cleaned and polished
  •  Crystal replacement – removing a damaged watch crystal and inserting a new crystal in it’s place
  • Stem & crown replacement – removing a damaged watch stem (the piece attaching a crown to the watch) or crown (the piece that winds the watch) and inserting a new stem or crown in it’s place
  • Band & case refinishing – removing imperfections such as dents, scratches, and dings on your case or watch band and then reapplying the original finish
  •  Minor band repairs – adding or removing links in the watch band, replacing pins, or other small issues that can occur to the bracelet of a watch

Other Types of Jewelry Repairs 

  • Tightening stones – making sure the prongs that surround a piece are correctly set and are securely holding each gem in it’s proper place
  • Brushed/satin finishing – adding a matte finish to an item that appears to flow in one direction, as though an item has been brushed
  • Sandblast – adding a decorative finish to an item that looks as though it is coated in extremely small grains of sand
  •  Enameling – fusing a thin layer of glass to a metal piece of jewelry for decorative purposes
  •  Re-plating – adding a thin layer of rhodium, gold, or another metal to the exterior of a piece of jewelry to which this metal had previously been applied
  •  Restringing pearls – taking pearls from a broken bracelet or necklace and adding onto a new string to make a whole jewelry piece again
  • Other – any additional work that does not fall into the categories listed above or below

Still unsure where your repair would fall on the list? Check out a full repair list and detailed descriptions here

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